The Lakers are the toast of the Los Angeles sports landscape and whatever their roommate Clippers do usually goes unnoticed. After a trade between the Lakers and Hornets for All-Star guard Chris Paul fizzled, an opportunity for the Clippers arose to be noticed locally and nationally. The Clippers sent young point guard Eric Gordon, along with two other players and a 1st-round draft pick, to the Hornets for the highly coveted Paul. In return, the sports nation took notice, but fanfare in Los Angeles was at a minimum.
A large amount of residents had no idea a local basketball team just acquired one of the top point guards in the game.
UCLA student Frank Wright seemed confused by the headline in the L.A. Times.
“’Paul to the Clippers’?” asked Wright. “I think I saw on IMDB that’s Quentin Tarantino’s new flick about strippers in New Mexico who seek revenge against the corrupt school boards.”
Thousand Oaks resident Mila Jensen had a similar response.
“I totally thought ‘Paul to the Clippers’ was either the new Tarantino or Michael Mann film,” she said. “Then I saw the picture of the basketball dude and went ‘whoa, there’s a basketball team named the Clippers’? I LOL’d.”